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The Family - 07/31/07 12:41 AM
Let's bring some REality to Active Rain. Behind the professional photos we see--there has got to be "Kodak" moments with family. If you feel comfortable posting photos of your family, give us your best 2 to 4 shots with taglines. This idea was formed during construction of My recent MEME . Sandra Cummings responded with some family photos of her sons . I enjoyed that. Then I also remembered seeing adorable new born pictures posted by Jeffery Prevatte, REALTOR, ABR Fayetteville, NC of his son. Then I remembered reading a profile of an Active Rain Newbie , Jesse Bridges in which he mentioned he and his wife has a (6 comments)
MEME with *Photos* A look at Blessings - 07/30/07 11:11 AM
I am a little slow to respond to Sandra Cummings gracious Memeing of me. A Meme is important! How many times do you get a chance to tell folks about 5 important things you want them to know about yourself? Well, in marketing and Active Rain, you may actually get several chances, or even make your own--but you have to admit a MEME is different. Someone "out there" is actually saying, "we would like to know more about you." I was referred to: So, I could learn by example as a MEME has a bit of "technique" to it. I also (6 comments)
Active Rain Tab - 07/22/07 10:55 PM
So, I am really enjoying the multi-tab features on Internet Explorer. Think about this... I get the creative idea of saving time by putting: Tab 1=Active Rain, Tab 2= MGC.MLX, Tab 3= http://mgcre.com(my website always in the works), Tab 4= REliberation, Tab 5= agentsonline.net , Tab 6= Http://hud.gov and any other website I may be using frequently at any given time. (not me) The problem is--Getting distracted when I open to Active Rain. There is always an interesting title beckoning to be read and commented on. One thing leads to another... Alas, I think I will have to discipline myself and take all (7 comments)
REALTORS--Don't Keep It a Secret, Tell Me HOW You Did It...Please - 07/21/07 09:23 PM
I don't know the actual numbers on this (Damion probably does :-), it seems that since February I've been hearing more about "failures to close" and homes appearing back on the market. It could be a MS Gulf Coast thing, or maybe its a national epidemic. Thus, far I have not had a "failure to close". ...That's my introduction. IF a person could trust a transaction to not fail at the closing table, it would be more possible and probable that when your owner occupied home has a valid offer--that you could then "shop" and place an offer and come out closing (7 comments)
Gateway Tablets *Side by Side photos of 2 new models* (My Personal Experience) - 07/20/07 07:28 AM
Anyone who reads my blogs knows that I believe in "Giving Credit Where Credit is Due". Here are some reasons that I applaud Gateway. They have online chat with Sales; consequently I gave Billy V., a Direct Sales Manager a work out. The same with his team member that 1st assisted me. (I had actually tried to find this person before continuing to work with Billy. I did not know if Gateway worked on commission. The last rep I dealt with spent a good hour with me so I definitely wanted to hook up with him again. My mind was made up (9 comments)
*Photos* Flounder Was the Catch of the Morning. - 07/19/07 11:35 PM
My early morning community photos are almost always at Long Beach Harbor. Its .6 miles from my home and I am hooked on the walk. The reason I share these photos on Localism is because life is so much more than a house. Its what you see and experience on a daily basis. The people in my photos always give permission for me to take their picture. They also know that I will be putting their photos on Localism. These two gentlemen were on opposite sides of the harbor. They both caught flounder. At the horizon is Gulfport as seen from Long Beach Harbor. Neither knew about (0 comments)
Clients, Contracts, Places...Conventional or UNconventional? - 07/18/07 12:29 AM
A poster in a different cyberspot mentioned that though she had an actual brick and mortar office that often her agents needed to meet clients away from the office. She mentioned that Libraries are good places to meet. I go to clients rather than have them come to me, or we will meet half way. That was my point in becoming mobile. These are some of my hard copy contract spots: 1) Church dining area (Permission from pastor as I was working with a Deacon in training) 2) Back room of a nail salon in between the owner taking care of her clients. 3) Back office (0 comments)
Congratulations to Another Active Rain Blogger for Making the COVER - 07/15/07 03:34 AM
This is not Copy/Paste, it is scan/upload :-) Seriously everyone, I thought our Active Rain Community should know about Jeff Fulgram and Damion Flynn being honored in the quarterly issue of our Mississipi Association of REALTORS magazine. Click here to see Damion's Mag. Photo Its no wonder these two REAL Entrepreneurs were chosen to spotlight. The focus was on Technology. Enough said. One more thing: Blog ON! If you ever wonder if you're doing the right thing by spending so much time blogging, talk to these guys. Some of my favorite quotes from Tracee Walker's article: Plugged in and Turned On: REALTORS for the (12 comments)
Wow!! Congratulations to Damion Flynn of SimplySOLD® Viking Realty - 07/15/07 02:44 AM
Note: I had no idea if Damion, or, Jeff would let you guys know about this honor. I thought you should know. Blogging and Active Rain are specifically plugged in this article. I could have made one post and placed them side by side, but it seemed to me that each deserves his own round of applause. Credit where Credit is due! The Mississippi Association of REALTORS provides a quarterly high quality magazine to members. I was "readin' and relaxin' when I spotted a spread highlighting Damion Flynn. The title of the article is: Plugged in and Turned on: REALTORS for the Next Generation (9 comments)
What "Duties" Do You Owe Your Agent? - 07/13/07 09:48 PM
History: All posts by me, Suzi Gravenstuk, are 100% original. I am influenced by years of study, reading, and research of other people's work. This particular piece was constructed in Microsoft Publisher 2007, today, Friday, July 13th, 2007. The work is saved as PNG, uploaded by 9:30PM and released at 9:47PM. In Real Estate it is important to understand the fiduciary duties owed by the Agent to the Client, and to the Customer. To set yourself up as optimally as possible for a successful transaction in trying times I visit the idea that the Client should consider that he/she also owes the (11 comments)
Good Morning! What Are Your Goals Today? - 07/12/07 06:59 AM
I am off to the Energy Club in Long Beach for a work out, then a soothing hot tub, steam room, sauna treat afterwards. I am thinking of joining. Let's see, is there a legitamite way to think of club membership as a business expense? Even if not, I am beginning to think it is reasonable ($45 a month) IF I use it consistently. Since 11/2005 I have gained about 17 real estate related lbs (too much time on the computer). I would like to see if I can slim down. Does anyone have an effective gym workout plan you use? I (6 comments)
Harrison County Tax information by REquest - 07/11/07 01:23 PM
REsponse REgarding 24375 oak Island Dr., Pass Christian MS 39571 "The Oaks Planned Golf Club Community" The information I gained from my recent visit with the Harrison County Property Tax office and Appraisers could be beneficial for anyone planning a move to Harrison County. #1: The first $75,000 of assessed value is exempt for homeowners over 65 and who have a documented handicap. #2: Homestead properties are taxed on the following equation: Value X 10% X mill rate-$300. #3: Remember that selling value and taxable value are different. #4: Harrison County is currently conducting re-appraisals for the tax year of 2008. #5: Remember that millage (0 comments)
Do You Have Time to Play? - 07/10/07 10:48 AM
RE generally indicates REal Estate (at least in my world). The other day I started noticing how many times I use a word that begins with RE that can also be used in Real Estate. Can you add to the list? Or, show me how you use any of these words in a real estate related sentance. No using the dictionary or thesaurus, okay? (Okay, I really don't have time either, yet, here I am. However, upon hitting send here I will make 5 REal Estate RElated phone calls) REsearch: This is a golden word. The core of Real Estate service. RElated: RElie: RElay: REsource: (7 comments)
Real Estate Preview REview--Highest and Best Use 5bd, 2.5 Ba - 07/10/07 05:00 AM
Goal: To Preview at least 15 properties a week in Harrison County. Note: Photos are not included because it is not my listing. I can and will supply photos upon request of interested parties. I have previously viewed a 5 Bed, 2 and 1/2 bath property on Hiller St in Biloxi. This property has lingered in the back of my mind for about 3 months now. I am not the listing agent, but I find myself going back to it, trying to understand the property, the value, the issues. From the street, you can't tell that it is 2906 sq ft, or that (0 comments)
Morning Chat from the MGC + Photos - 07/09/07 07:52 AM
Good Morning. A morning walk is a privilege and a discipline. Sometimes I am inclined to dive into my life's work. But, my day is much more productive if I put my morning walk ahead of everything. It works best if I don't shower, don't put on makeup, just GO, just DO it. Other than being the absolute best move for my productivity--I notice when I am not disciplined for long periods of time my clothes start shrinking. I'm going to tell you one of my secrets. I sing while I walk. Usually join with the multitude of birds that are SO happy in (5 comments)
Flyers or Fliers--my vote is YES! ...Especially When No One Else is Doing Them:-) - 07/07/07 03:34 PM
Personal Experience (not advertising) My Color Copies absolutely delighted me with pricing, service, and delivery. If you do color printing of any kind and can order in the 100+, you will be so glad you read this blog and followed up. I have not been doing exterior flyer boxes for awhile. My goodness! There are SO many ways to get property information. You can call the 800 Realty Hotline to get verbal and then get a fax on demand. You can get fliers from the local MLS site, web sites, realtor.com, your agent... On top of that, I stopped doing exterior flyer boxes for (7 comments)
...When You Get a Call From the Fraud Prevention Department - 07/06/07 10:40 PM
I had a call on our home # the other day. The caller asked for my 18 year old son. (Let's call him HomeBoy for the life of this post). Caller: Is HomeBoy in? Loving Mom: No, this is Loving Mom, May I help you? Caller: No. I have to speak to him. I am with the fraud department and need to verify some charges. Loving Mom knew about some large transactions related to college preparation. But, not being allowed to interfere, I took the callers contact information. But, before I let him go, I asked, "by the way, how do I know I'm (2 comments)
Are you excited? If you found me, you are most likely thinking of moving to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and/or starting a business. I remember the excitement, anticipation and concerns about relocating. Therefore, I try to convey "slice of life" moments with photo-blogs and single photo uploads to assist you in getting a "real feel".
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